The latest trend in television for the past few years has the revival of classic shows; that is, producing new episodes of shows that have been off the air for years, if not decades. Full House, The X-Files, Will & Grace, and Twin Peaks have all returned, with Roseanne and Mad About You soon set to join them.
One classic series that’s likely not to return anytime soon, though, is NBC’s long-running and celebrated sitcom, Cheers.
That’s according to one of the show’s stars, John Ratzenberger, who played Cliff the mailman for 11 seasons alongside George Wendt’s Norm.
Don’t get the wrong idea, though; Ratzenberger is behind the idea of doing new Cheers episodes and thinks the rest of the cast would be onboard, too.
“I would love to see it, and I think the cast would, too,” said Ratzenberger. “The audience is still there.”
So what’s the problem then? Ratzenberger feels certain that the show’s producers wouldn’t want to bring the classic series back.
“I don’t think they want a bunch of geezers sitting at the bar,” said Ratzenberger, referencing the cast’s advanced age since the show ended.
In fact, Cheers co-creator James Burrows has gone on record before as being opposed to television revivals in general, saying, “I don’t think you should ever go back.”
Despite that, Burrows has returned with new episodes of Will & Grace, a show in which he has directed every single episode — both old and new.
So maybe the door isn’t entirely closed on a new season of Cheers, although it would require more wrangling than other shows, at least as far as the story is concerned.
After 25 years, it may be hard to believe that the same characters are still working for and hanging out at the same Boston pub. Not to mention, several stars like Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, and Kelsey Grammer are busy with projects of their own. Nonetheless, stranger things have happened, so perhaps one day we will return to the place “where everybody knows your name.”